Surge in MOT test bookings with 40% of testers yet to take Annual Training

Published:  04 March, 2022

40% of MOT testers have yet to take their Annual Assessment with the 31 March deadline just three weeks away, in a period where MOT bookings are surging, the IMI has warned.

With the data from DVSA highlighting the urgency, the IMI has opened a webpage offering a database of MOT Useful Resources for testers. It is also holding a series of Late Shift Clinics throughout March, including a final clinic, 31st March at 8pm.

In January, the DVSA announced it would not be extending the Annual Training year this year, which it did for the last Annual Training period as a result of COVID-19. It also reminded techs that if they do not complete this year’s MOT Annual Assessment by midnight on Thursday 31 March 2022, they will be suspended from testing.

Commenting on the urgency, IMI CEO Steve Nash said: “The pressure really is on MOT testers, with many working over and above to ensure they keep their customers legally on the road. However, by failing to prioritise their MOT Annual Assessment they could undo their fantastic efforts. If the Thursday 31 March deadline is not met, they will need to be able to competently demonstrate to a DVSA representative their ability to carry out an MOT assessment on a vehicle. This will be conducted face-to-face at the tester’s place of work, but with so many testers potentially failing to be compliant by the deadline, they could be waiting some considerable time before a DVSA representative reaches their workshop.”

As well as its e-Learning programme, the IMI also has an IMI Approved Network across the UK providing MOT qualifications, CPD and assessment solutions.

Once the IMI MOT Training and Assessment is completed, MOT testers can opt-in to receive free membership to the IMI. Plus, they have access to the IMI community platform to utilise new and relevant resources to continue their learning plus helpful tips and tools.

To find out more, visit: www.theimi.org.uk/mot-quals/

For more information on the Late Shift Clinics contact the IMI team on 01992 519025

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